Sunday, December 16, 2018

Warriors participate in All-State Classic

L to R: Izzy VandeSchraaf, Katy Ramage, Camryn Youngquist, Ella Stivers
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Lincoln, Ill. - Another excellent season had already wrapped up for the Germantown Hills Warriors (25-1), but for four individuals, the season went on for just a little while longer.

Katy Ramage, Ella Stivers, Izzy VandeSchraaf, and Camryn Youngquist were announced as the Warriors' representatives at the 2018 All-State Junior High Classic at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois on Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th.

14 teams of junior high girls from across the state converged on the Lincoln Center for a weekend, and in some cases, to wrap up their careers at the junior high level.

It got started with registration on Saturday afternoon. Right after that was finished, there were introductions, in front of a packed house. The introductions featured an opportunity to meet the coaches.

For the team comprised of the four Warriors representatives, they'd be coached by a good one. Former Southern Illinois Saluki and East Peoria Raider Kylie Giebelhausen was in charge of this squad.

Once the introductions are through, those in attendance got to hear from former IMG Academy coach DeRonte' Polite, now the head women's basketball coach at Lincoln College.

Then, it was time for the competition. First up was the Skills Competitions. The competition in which the Warriors did best was the Hot Shot.

Ramage and VandeSchraaf both totaled nine points in the challenge, while Youngquist had eight and Stivers had six, but with multiple players scoring as high as 14, it left all the Warriors out of the final round of competition.

If you thought the competition was tough enough for the Warriors at the State Finals, having to play Teutopolis and Quincy St. Peter in the same day, it was almost as tough, if not tougher, went it came to the games on Sunday.

First up was a team comprised with a couple of players from that Quincy St. Peter team that ended the Warriors' hopes of playing for a State Championship.

That first game got off to a close start, with the NWCE team (Northwest-Central-East), again, featuring the Warriors + others, down by one mere point, 14-13.

It would stay close. Actually, exactly that close. With just over a minute to go, it was still just a one-point game.

Although it didn't end up truly deciding the game, a three by their opponents put them up four with under a minute to go. A couple of free throws pulled the NWCE team within two, but the late push wouldn't be enough, and they'd drop their first game, 30-28.

Katy Ramage (4), Izzy VandeSchraaf (3), and Ella Stivers (1) were the Warriors' scorers in game one.

Next up would be a tough Southeast Central (SEC) team. A very rough, physical game proved to be a challenge, but the Warriors members pulled through.

It wound up being yet another close one, as SEC held a two-point lead with only 15 seconds on the clock.

Needing a score, NWCE would actually give another basket up to SEC and lose by four points.

Scoring-wise, this was the Warriors' best. VandeSchraaf (10) and Youngquist (9) combined for 19 of NWCE's 37 points. Stivers also added two points for NWCE.

This one, at least to start, was not close. At the break, NWCE led Northwest, 22-6.

It was just as good of a second half for NWCE, dropping another 22 points. Although Northwest did almost triple their score, NWCE was already too far ahead, and would go on to win, 44-17.

VandeSchraaf had another solid game, once again scoring 10 points. Youngquist scored eight and Ramage scored four.

As mentioned, the Warriors finished the IESA season with a final record of (25-1). It caps a season in which the 8th Grade Warriors made three straight trips to the State Finals, two of which were on their home floor.

The Northwest-Central-East team takes directions from their coach, East Peoria and Southern Illinois alumnus Kylie Giebelhausen. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Katy Ramage awaits the opening tip for the first game of the All-State Junior High Classic. SUBMITTED PHOTO


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